The Rising Star Program encourages undergraduate students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to their studies to learn about research by being mentored by a senior researcher from their school.
Participation in the program represents a fantastic opportunity to be introduced to invaluable research skills and activities, while building mentoring relationships with a Senior Academic in your school and fellow students.
Rising Star Undergraduate Research Fellows meet with their Mentors on a regular basis over the course of 6 – 12 weeks and assist and contribute to research activities that their mentors supervise. Previous participants have talked about the benefits they gained from their involvement in the program including…
- Developing research skills relating to their disciplinary field that enhance their academic studies
- Having the opportunity to work alongside research active academics on projects that can make a real difference
- Enhancing their academic writing skills, which in turn improves their ability to research, condense, write and reference in their coursework
- Developing confidence in presenting on their work at conferences
- Exploring opportunities for future post-graduate pathways
If accepted into the program, Rising Star Undergraduate Research Fellows receive $1,000 to assist with their studies. Some students choose to use these funds to attend and present at the Australian Conference for Undergraduate Research or other conferences of their choosing. However, the decision about how to spend the funds is up to the individual.
Upon completion of the program, Rising Star Research Undergraduate Fellows are asked to reflect in writing on the research activities they undertook, their achievements, the benefits they gained from their involvement, and suggestions on ways to improve the program.
If you missed the Rising Star session, you can watch the video of the presentation here.
To find out what past Rising Star fellows have to say about the program, watch this video.